Beulah's Story

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Beulah Lautner, age 96, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her home in the loving care of her family.
Beulah was born on Dec. 4, 1920 to Thomas and Lottie (Wares) Skiver in Long Lake Township. Beulah was born and raised in Long Lake Township and lived her entire life in the Traverse City area.
Beulah worked at the Traverse City State Hospital Canteen and was also a 4-H leader for 15 years. She helped to start the Long Lake grange and was instrumental in starting the swimming lessons at Long Lake park. Beulah is also a member of the Long Lake Church, and she belonged to the Long Lake Ladies Aid for several years.
Beulah married Wilbert P. Lautner on Jan. 27, 1939 in Long Lake Township. Throughout the years Beulah and Wilbert loved to travel in their motor home to various states around the country.
Beulah loved to watch the Detroit Tigers; you could always find her close to the TV whenever the Tigers were playing. She was an avid and competitive card player, whether it was euchre or poker, she was always in it to win, even up until her final days.
Beulah is survived by her daughter, Beverly McAdams; son, Terry (Jacqueline) Lautner; daughter-in-law, Marcia Lautner; son-in-law, Duane Stowe; as well as Tom and Ely Haywood. Beulah is also survived by her 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lottie; husband, Wilbert; children, Ronald Lautner and Judy Stowe; siblings, Carl (Irene) Skiver, Delielle Skiver, Francis Skiver, Vernard Skiver, Florence (Clarence) Axtell, Goldie Kingdon, Viola Meinke and Thelma Haywood; and grandson, Jeffery Lautner.
A visitation for Beulah will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday. There will be a procession to Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens for a graveside service immediately following the service.
The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Long Lake Church, 4172 Church Road, Traverse City, MI 49685; and Munson Hospice, 1150 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share a memory by visiting Beulah's tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on April 30, 2017
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